Thursday, March 12, 2015
It's time for more vintage Magic Kingdom views.
We'll start with this picture of Br'er Bear, surrounded by adoring fans. He's even signing an autograph! I didn't know that the costumed characters did that way back in '75. Was this photo taken at Fort Langhorn on Tom Sawyer Island? Or somewhere else in Frontierland?
Here's a pretty shot of the "Richard F. Irvine" riverboat. Ain't it a beauty? It only has one ornamental "smokestack" (as opposed to the Mark Twain's pair). Walt Disney World used to have two riverboats, the other being the "Admiral Joe Fowler". The "Admiral Joe" was retired in 1980, and the Irvine was refurbished and in 1996 was renamed "The Liberty Belle".
Next is this blurry (but still kind of scary) closeup of Br'er Fox; it's safe to assume that these "Song of the South" characters were often seen among the crowds in Florida. You sure don't see them much today!
And finally, I like this neat shot of the Bertha Mae casting off from the dock. Look at the effort that the cast member exerts pushing the boat away! I wonder if anybody ever fell into the water doing that maneuver? In the background you can see the covered queue for the Haunted Mansion.
Stay tuned for more from the Magic Kingdom!